Almondsbury is a township, parish and village, with the tithings of Hempton and Patchway, Over and Tockington Lower, annexed, 8 miles west-south-west from Yate, and 8 north from the Bristol station, 4 ½ south from Thornbury, 20 north-west from Bath, and 116 from London, in Barton Regis, Berkeley, Thornbury, Lower Langley, and Swineshead Hundreds, Thornbury Union, West Gloucestershire, Bristol archdeaconry, and Gloucester and Bristol bishopric. It is situate on the Bristol and Gloucester road, or Ridgeway. The church of St. Mary is an ancient stone building, principally in the early English style; there is a handsome obituary east window, erected to Dr. Gray, late bishop of Bristol, by his family. The church consists of nave, aisles, porch, chancel, organ, tower, spire, clock and 8 bells. The living is a vicarage, value £900 yearly, with residence, in the gift of the Bishop of Gloucester and Bristol, who also owns the great tithes; the Rev. Henry Gray, M.A., is the incumbent; the Rev. Walter Gray, M.A., is the curate. There are two places of worship for Dissenters, and a National school for boys and girls, with master’s residence. Knole Park is the seat of Col. Master. Over Court in the seat of Robert Cann Lippincott, Esq. The population, in 1851, was 1,680, and the acreage is 6,926. The soil is mostly clay; the subsoil is limestone. Colonel Master is lord of the manor, and, with Robert Cann Lippincott, Esq., chief landowner. Here was a roman establishment. There are charities of between £200 and £300 yearly value. A chapel of ease was erected at the Cross Keys district in 1855. It is a neat stone building, in the early English style, with nave, chancel, porch, bell turret, and 2 bells.

Almondsbury tithing contains 599 inhabitants; Gaunt’s Earthcott tithing, 58; Lea tithing, 37; Hampton and Patchway tithing, 436; Over tithing, 107; Lower Tockington tithing, 443.

Woodhouse is 1 mile north-east; Sunday’s Hill, half a mile south; Hampton or Hempton, 1 mile south; Woodcock Hill, 1 mile north, Patchway, 1 ½ miles south-east; Over, 2 miles south-west; Barrow Hill, 1 mile west; Gaunt’s Earthcott, 2 ½ miles east; Horsham, 2 miles east; Ringhurst, 3 miles east; The Groves, 2 ½ miles east; Middle Hanger, 3 ½ miles north-east; Oldfields, 4 miles north-east; Bagwood, 2 miles east; Oakhill, 2 ½ miles east; Woodlands, 1 ½ miles southeast; Ellick’s Woods and Bowsland, 2 miles south-east; Halfway Bridge, 1 ½ miles south; Little Stoke, 2 miles south, Collicroft and Ramsleaze, 2 miles South; Catty Brook, or Knap House, 1 ½ miles south-west; Newman’s Hill and Bournehays, 2 miles west; Washingpool, 3 miles south-west; St. Swithin’s, 3 miles south-west; and Hayes, 3 miles south. Redriff is a farm.

There are some Roman roads; and near Knole Park is a camp, and a barrow near Over Court. To the west are marshes.



Gay Rev. Henry (vicar), Oaklands

Gray Rev. Walter (curate)

Lippincott Robert Cann, esq. Over Court

Master Col. William Chester, Knole pk.


Arnold Thomas, farmer, Targout fm. Lee

Barnett Sarah (Miss), dressmaker

Bennett John, farmer, Lee

Brown Jacob, farmer, Woodlands

Brown Stephen, farmer, Bagwood farm

Carter Henry, farmer

Chapman William, ‘Swan’

Collins William, blacksmith

Day George, farmer

Fisher George, farmer, Knap ho. farm

Gale Daniel, carpenter & wheelwright

Hall Hannah (Mrs.), farmer

Hall Thomas, farmer

Harcomb Thomas, tailor

Harris Thomas, farmer, Lee

Hiscox John, master mariner

Hopkins Adam, farmer, Lee

Hopkins Charles, carpenter, wheelwright & shopkeeper

Hunt Eliza & Matilda (the Misses), ladies’ school

Hunt George, baker

Hunt James, farmer, Hais farm

Huxley William, beer retailer, Lee

James John, veterinary surgeon

Lippiatt Charles, tiler & plasterer

Luce John, farmer Lee

Luton Daniel, farmer

Luton George, jun. farmer, Court farm

Luton George, sen. Farmer, Court farm

Mountstephen Thos. frmr. Woodlnds. frm.

Osbourne Daniel, farmer

Parker Jane (Mrs.), farmer

Pearce Thomas, blacksmith

Purser Danl., shopkpr. Almondsbury hl

Reynolds Geo. master of National school

Rosser Mark, blacksmith, Lee

Sarah Ann (Miss), dressmaker

Shepherd George, farmer, Lee

Smith William, carpenter

Tanner Martin, farmer Lee

Thomas Jacob, farmer, Gaunt’s Earthcott

Thomas James, farmer, Gaunt’s Earthcott

Thomas John, farmer Woodhouse farm

Tilney Joseph, shopkeeper

Watkins George, farmer, Lee

Watkins Luke, farmer, Lee

Williams Charles, stonemason

Williams Edwin, stonemason & ‘Bowl’

Williams Francis, shopkeeper

Williams Henry, farmer

Williams John, parish clerk

Williams Richard, farmer

Williams Richard, boot & shoe maker

Wither Thomas, boot & shoe maker

Wright John, schoolmaster

Young George, stonemason

Young Jacob, farmer Gaunt’s Earthcott

Young William, farmer, Collicroft farm

Young William, farmer, Hortham farm


Chapman Charles, farmer

Hunt Josiah, farmer



Collard William, New inn

Cooper Charles, baker

George George, farmer & butcher

Jones Henry Nicholls, farmer

Pope George, farm bailiff



Cullimore Wm. frmr. Washingpool farm

Ford Joseph, farmer

Hiscox Joseph, cattle dealer

Hunt Charles, farmer, Redriff farm

Leigh George, auctioneer & farmer

Meredith Edwd. Frmr. St. Swithin’s frm.

Virgo Charles, farmer & stonemason

Webb William, ‘Black Horse’


Adams James, ‘White Horse’

Dyer William, boot & shoe maker

Fisher Henry, farmer

Frankham Job, boot & shoe maker

Griffith William, tailor

Harris James, ‘Cross Hands’

Harris Samuel, boot & shoe maker

Hewitt William, farmer

Palmer Richard, farmer

Parnell William Osbourn, farmer

Pontin William, stonemason

Pope James, boot & shoe maker

Robinson Elizabeth (Mrs.), beer retailer

Rosser Enos, carpenter & wheelwright

Scriven John, farmer

Shepherd George, farmer

Tayler John, beer retailer

Thomas Timothy, tailor

Webb John, farmer

Williams Henry, farmer

Williams Mark, farmer & butcher

POST OFFICE. – Thomas Harcomb, postmaster. Letters arrive through Bristol. First arrival, 9 a.m.; second arrival ½ past 6 p.m.; first dispatch, 9 a.m.; second dispatch, 5 p.m. Letters are not delivered at the second arrival, but can be had on application at the post office. The nearest money order office is at Thornbury post office.

Tockington lower. – Mrs. Lois Codrington, postmistress. Letters arrive through Bristol at ¼ before 12 a.m.; dispatched at ½ past 5 p.m.

CARRIERS TO BRISTOL. – Baylis, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday; Greenman, Tuesday Thursday & Saturday

OMNIBUSES pass from Thornbury to Bristol, at 9 a.m.; return at ½ past 6 p.m.

Source: Post Office Directory of Gloucestershire with Bath and Bristol. Printed and Published by Kelly and Co., 19, 20 & 21, Old Boswell Court, St. Clement’s, Strand, London. 1856.